Friday, November 24, 2017

How fast is fast when it comes to insulin?

I was excited to learn that Fiasp, an extremely fast-acting insulin that I first heard about earlier this year, finally received FDA approval back in September.  Fiasp had been available in the UK for a little while already, so it's big news that it's finally been approved here.

Reading up a little on Fiasp, what I've found is that it doesn't seem to have a shorter overall time than Humalog and Novolog, the other two major fast-acting insulins that are used today.  Fiasp supposedly hits its peak between 1 and 3 hours, and stays in your system for 3 to 5 hours, which sounds pretty similar to its competitors.

What's different about Fiasp is that it starts working so much faster.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

My Medtronic 670G experiences: Making this pump work

I blogged recently about starting to use the Medtronic 670G.  After my history with diabetes, I really love this pump!  I've gotten to know a lot of people other people on this pump and I've discovered a lot of people really struggle with it in the beginning.  I don't know if I adapted more quickly because I'd never been on a pump before and didn't have to unlearn previous habits, or because I never developed the control freak approach to managing my diabetes, or for some combination of several factors... but I've done pretty well on the 670G.

Here's what I've learned about making the 670G work well for you.

Monday, November 6, 2017

My Medtronic 670G experiences: Why I love this pump

Before I talk about the specifics about the Medtronic 670G, I want to start out by saying this is why I love this pump:



Maybe this doesn't seem all that great to you, right off the bat.  To understand why it's so amazing to me, you'd have to understand how things were going before the 670G.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

My Medtronic 670G experiences: My story

A while back I posted about getting the Medtronic 670G, but then I had a long blogging hiatus that was mostly just caused by a busy year and not a lot of time spent on my own writing projects (blogging is only one of many).

I'm not sorry, though, because after six months on the Medtronic 670G -- and over five months in auto mode -- I think I have a much better understanding of the system, and can give a better overview of my experiences.

In addition, I've also been helping to admin a Facebook support group for the 670G.  Seeing what new people struggle the most with -- not to mention helping so many new users of this pump -- has helped me understand what is the most helpful for people to know about the system.

Whether you're researching the 670G, trying to make a decision, or recently started using the system, I hope my experiences will be helpful.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Just a girl and her artificial pancreas

I promised some big news and then dropped the ball.  I'm so sorry if you've been waiting patiently (or impatiently) since I hinted at my big news on my post about resisting the AHCA.

(Our work there isn't done yet, by the way.  It seems as fast as we defeat one bill, they come up with another, even worse plan.  Stay on your toes and continue to make your phone calls, write your letters, and RESIST!)

But here's my big news!  Two months ago I got on the Medtronic 670G, the pump + CGM that is being called an artificial pancreas (even though that's probably a bit of an exaggeration).

Saturday, July 8, 2017

RESIST the AHCA

I apologize for not having blogged in so long, especially when there is so much going on with health care right now.  The AHCA had me terrified -- and the Senate version of the bill, even more so.

I hear a lot of denial from people -- "They couldn't possibly pass it!  How could they take health care away from millions of people?"  "They'll never agree long enough to pass it" and the like.  But the fact of the matter is, we said that about the House version of the bill, and it even appeared dead -- until suddenly it wasn't, and they held a vote and passed it.

I'm afraid they'll do the same with the Senate version of the bill, so here's what I'm asking everyone to do to help.

Monday, March 13, 2017

The American Diabetes Association and the medical community speak out

Independent doctors groups within the medical community, including the American Diabetes Association, have been speaking out against what people are calling "Ryancare," and what I called "Obamacare lite" in a couple of previous posts (Obamacare lite and More on Obamacare lite).

Here is the American Diabetes Association's press release about their misgivings regarding Ryancare:

American Diabetes Association Expresses Deep Concerns with Affordable Care Act Repeal Legislation and Impact on Millions with Diabetes